08/01/2012, Android-powered tablets are gaining traction according to Frank N. Magid Associates. In fact they are selling fast enough to decrease the iPad’s overall market share, despite recent record sales for the Apple tablet. In a survey, Frank N. Magid Associates found that the iPad share went down to 50% from a record high of 72% during the previous survey. The study’s conclusion was that low-cost devices like the Kindle Fire […]
07/19/2012, According to Microsoft, which released its quarterly results earlier today, the Xbox division has increased its revenues by 20%, but the credit goes entirely to the Skype acquisition that became official in May (that’s a huge number for Skype). The Xbox business suffered a small decline in fact: during the past quarter, Microsoft has shipped 1.1M Xbox consoles which is not bad at all – however, if you compare that […]
07/04/2012, We met with Dr. Paul Jacobs (Qualcomm CEO) last week at Uplinq, and he made it clear that the current shortage of 28nm Snapdragon chips was due to a very tight manufacturing capacity from its long-time partner TSMC, the world’s largest chip foundry. Dr. Paul Jacobs said that the company was working to solve this issue, but did not mention that Qualcomm would use Samsung as a secondary “fab”. UMC, […]
07/03/2012, Speaking at CBC’s Metro Morning radio show today, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said, “There’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now.” Seemingly in a move to convince both customers and investors that Research In Motion isn’t heading into a death spiral, the CEO said that the company will thrive and survive the tight competition against other giant mobile manufacturers.
06/29/2012, When Intel introduced the Ultrabook brand and accompanying rules and guidelines, many were skeptical and talked about it being a marketing “gimmick”. Data shows that they could not have been more wrong. First of all, although relatively modest in terms of overall volume, the Ultrabook products are really important because they generate higher profits and that’s what keeps PC makers going. NPD, a research company, says that Ultrabooks now represent […]
06/29/2012, In China, the word on the street is that Apple is moving 50% of its display sourcing to Japanese maker Sharp. This rumor (which is not new) is to be taken with the highest level of caution because it is based on the idea that Apple would update its 9.7″ iPad “this summer”, which seems very unlikely to start with. The rumor comes from Apple Daily, which is based in […]
06/25/2012, The rumors are true, Microsoft has bought Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash. For those of you unfamiliar with Yammer, it is a social network platform built specifically for corporations. Businesses can set up a private network in which employees can post announcements, share files, create events, send messages, access a content management system, and use “extranet” which allows the business to keep in contact with customers and vendors.
06/24/2012, As the layoffs have begun, RIM has reportedly hired JP Morgan and RBC Capital to look at “strategic options” according to Reuters, and among the ideas that came out it, RIM may have been advised to split its business in half, by separating the handset division and the messaging network division. It is fair to say that the messaging division would be seen as the one with more value, while […]
05/29/2012, Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO has publicly mentioned that the iPhone -which represents 50% of Apple’s business- may be “one day” assembled in the United States. While this will certainly not happen overnight, this may give hope to a consumer electronics manufacturing industry that is quasi-inexistent in the USA. Clearly, it would be unrealistic to think that the next iPhone would be manufactured in the U.S next year – at […]
05/27/2012, This is a topic that has been going on and off, but here it goes again: Facebook is said to be hiring smartphone hardware and software engineers in order to build its own smartphone. That’s what Nick Bilton from the NYTimes has just published, and looking at my own circles here in Silicon Valley, the hiring seems definitely real. Facebook has been hiring a number of engineers who have nothing […]
05/14/2012, Video game and entertainment software retailer GameStop has announced that it will start selling Steam Wallet cards for Valve’s Steam platform starting May 15. In partnership with Valve, GameStop will bring Steam Wallet to all GameStop locations in the U.S. Steam Wallet codes will be available in $20 and $50 denominations giving PC and Mac gamers immediate access to Steam’s more than 1,800 titles. The cards will provide Steam users […]
05/11/2012, Oh, the wonderful things that you can do with an iPad. Business partners Steve Escobar and Hugo Salazar wanted their own restaurant in New York to stand out. Their strategy was to make their restaurant look cool while saving money at the same time. So they installed a point-of-sale system from POSLavu that uses Apple devices in place of a much more expensive traditional restaurant POS system. Instead of the […]
05/10/2012, Sony posted a record net loss of $5.74 billion for the fiscal year 2011. But the Japanese consumer electronics company said that it expects a return of profit this year as it cuts losses on its TV business, which has been a bottomless pit in recent years. In case you didn’t know, Sony’s shares are valued at under $15.5 billion, and it slipped to a quarter century low this week. With […]
05/09/2012, Samsung has announced today that it has acquired mSpot, a mobile cloud content service provider based next door in Palo Alto, California. In case you don’t know much about mSpot, the company, formed in 2004, is a provider of music and video delivery service for mobile devices. mSpot has been providing its services to mobile carriers in the U.S. Although the details of the acquisition have not been disclosed, […]